Approximately 10% of psychiatric patients are violent and their violence is often directed towards the treating staff. Up to half of all psychiatrists have been physically assaulted at some time during their careers. Emotional reactions of the psychiatric staff to assault by patients vary, and include fear, anger and helplessness. Psychological defense mechanisms employed include projection, denial and isolation. For the staff, these reactions are a source of distress and a cause of burn-out. Anger can lead to nontherapeutic interventions such as counter-aggression.
|Pages (from-to)||642-645, 691|
|State||Published - 1 Jun 1994|